News & Events Weekly Update

16 August 2023


News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond


Diocese of Parramatta Notices

Nominations open for Papal, Civil and Diocesan Awards  

From today until Thursday 7 September 2023, you can nominate an outstanding individual who has contributed to the Catholic Church and society for a Papal Honours Award, Civil Award or Diocesan Award. Please visit The Awards Ceremony will be held in November. More details to come. 

Nine-Week Novena for the Diocesan Synod 

All are invited to pray a Nine-Week Novena for the Diocesan Synod. The Novena will begin the week of Sunday 13 August and conclude the week of Sunday 8 October in the lead-up to the Synod Assembly: Friday 13 to Sunday 15 October. You are invited to pray once a week as a parish community, with your family, ministry groups or during personal prayer. More information: 

World Day of Migrant and Refugees celebration  

You’re warmly invited to a family-friendly event with Bishop Vincent and our migrant communities for the World Day of Migrants & Refugees on Saturday 16 September, 2pm – 5.30pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Seven Hills. Come hear stories, enjoy free entertainment and activities. RSVP at  

Kairos Prison Ministry for Women  

This support group is for women who have family members serving a prison sentence. Live-in weekends are held twice a year at Mt Schoenstatt, Mulgoa. This is a safe space where women can meet and share with others their challenges. The next weekend will be held November 10 – 12, 2023. 

MET Natural Fertility: Instruction for Couples  

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is for couples wanting to achieve and avoid pregnancy.  

It is suitable for couples at all stages of life, enhances communication and involves shared responsibility. 

If you are: 

·         Preparing for marriage 

·         Expecting a baby soon or breastfeeding 

·         Looking for an effective, natural option and wanting to cease contraception  

·         Peri menopausal 

Then NFP is for you! 

For more information or to book an appointment contact Catherine M: 0400 427 605 E:

Mandatory Safeguarding Face-to-Face Training Opportunities 

Mandatory Modules 1-3: St Canice’s Church, Katoomba on Saturday 28 October, 10am-3pm. 

Renewal Mandatory Safeguarding Training (4 points): 

Tuesday 22nd August 2023: Renewal Module 4 – Understanding the Child Safe Standards & Working With Vulnerable People, and Tuesday 29th August 2023: Renewal Module 5 – Legal Compliance – Risk of Significant Harm & Mandatory Reporting 

Venue: Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish Greystanes 

Time: 10.00am-11.30am 

Renewal Modules will soon be available on our online training platform. 

Please register for these face-to-face renewal modules at: 

For further information please contact Maria Kervin at:  

Diocesan Food Drives  

Many vulnerable people in our community rely on the ‘food banks’ run by Jesuit Refugee Services and the House of Welcome, which operate thanks to donations from community food drives. All parishes and schools are encouraged to run a food drive for those seeking safety in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Find out more information about how you can help at or emailing      

Liturgical Ministry Formation Course  

The Liturgical Ministry Formation Courses will recommence in September. This is formation for anyone interested in serving within the Liturgical Ministries either as Readers, Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, Communion to the Sick and Dying and Ministers at the Altar. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact the Office for Worship on 0460 037 795 or or visit our website to download an enrolment form at  


FaithLIFE – 3 Night Short Course on Synodal Spirituality: Beginning 22 August      

Pope Francis has invited the Church to be more ‘synodal’. But what does that mean as an expression of Christian spirituality? Sign up for the FaithLIFE 3-night short course on synodal spirituality with Sr Patty Andrew, brought to you by the Mission Enhancement Team (MET). 6:30PM to 8:30PM on three Tuesday: 22 Aug + 29 Aug + 5 Sep. Downstairs @ Bishop Bede Heather Centre: 1-5 Marion Street, Blacktown NSW 2148. RSVP via    

MET Marriage Retrouvaille Program Information Session: 25 August   

The Diocese of Parramatta aims to offer the Retrouvaille program for couples who are having difficulties in their marriage. We are looking for married couples who are committed to helping others heal their marriage relationships. You will be trained to facilitate this program. An information evening will be held on 25 August at 7.30pm at the Bishop Bede Heather Centre, Blacktown. Contact Karin on (02) 8838 3460 or register at    

Diocesan Adult Confirmation: 5 September  

Adult Confirmation 2023 will be held on Tuesday 5 September at 7:30pm at St Patrick’s Cathedral with the Catechesis and Formation Day to be held on Saturday 2 September at 9:30am – 2pm at the Bede Heather Centre, Blacktown. Adult Confirmation is a community celebration for those who have reached the age of 16 years and have received both the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist. If you would like more information, please contact the Office for Worship on 0460 037 795 or 

  Volunteer for the House of Welcome  

Volunteers are needed by the House of Welcome to do odd jobs around properties which house refugees and people seeking asylum. If you are a handyman or woman with a few hours you can donate, contact Maricar at  

 Marriage Preparation Courses in 2023   

Getting married in 2023? Let the Diocese of Parramatta help you prepare. Visit to view weekend course dates in the New Year, to book and pay. An online preparation called SmartLoving can also be booked via the website. For more information, email or phone Karin on 0419 242 435 or Marisa on 0412 280 017.   

Soul Food Podcast – Mission Enhancement Team  

Do you find life & faith inspiration by listening to the experiences of others?   
The Mission Enhancement Team’s Soul Food Podcast features life & faith stories of people from our diocesan family. Listen now for FREE via our website or on Spotify:   

Diocese of Parramatta Tribunal available for in-person, virtual appointments   

The Tribunal of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Parramatta is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm for enquiries regarding marriage annulments. Interviews are being conducted in person with Zoom and telephone interviews available for those unable to attend the office. Please contact the Tribunal office on (02) 8838 3480 or email   

St Bernadette’s Lalor Park Wednesday Evening Devotions   

St Bernadette’s Parish, Lalor Park, is hosting weekly devotions to Our Lady of Lourdes and St Bernadette every Wednesday evening at 6.30pm with Adoration and Rosary and special prayers, followed by Mass at 7.30pm. All are welcome. For more information, contact the parish office on (02) 9672 4037 or   

Quakers Hill Parish Perpetual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help  

Mary Immaculate Parish, Quakers Hill-Schofields celebrates a Perpetual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Wednesday evenings at 7pm in the Church. All are welcome to join. For more information, please contact the parish office on (02) 9626 3326 or  

Mass available for the Nigerian Catholic Community   

The Nigerian Catholic community come together to celebrate Mass every second and fourth Sundays of the month at 11am at Holy Family Church, South Granville, 200 The Trongate, Granville. For more information, please contact community chaplain Fr Chinonye Akamadu on 0451 174 438 or or Stella Nwosu on 0405 478 472.   

Mass available for the South Sudanese Catholic Community  

The South Sudanese Catholic community come together to celebrate Mass every Sunday at 2pm at Mary, Queen of the Family Catholic Parish, 51-59 Allawah Street, Blacktown 2148. For more information, please contact Deacon John Cinya on (02) 9622 1125 or   

Free English and Citizenship Classes  

Catholic Care Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains are offering English and Citizenship classes at Mamre House, 181 Mamre Rd, Orchard Hills, on a Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 2pm during school terms. Free childcare is available. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact Mamre Crèche on (02) 8843 2506 or Nepean Community College (02) 4724 9000.  

Castle Hill Parish an Evening of Sacred Music: 25 August   

St Bernadette’s Parish, Castle Hill, will be hosting an evening of Sacred Music on Friday 25 August at 7:30pm. The event will be a night of performances by choirs, music groups and soloists from around the Diocese, performing a selection of hymns and choral music. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at Entry includes light refreshments during intermission. For more information, please contact the parish office on (02) 9634 2622 or email  

St Marys Parish Don Bosco Relic Visit: 23 – 27 August  

The relic statue of St John Bosco, better known as Don Bosco, will be visiting Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, St Marys, as part of the celebrations of the centenary of the arrival of the Salesians on Australian soil. There will be opportunities to venerate the relic and celebrate Mass, Adoration and Confessions throughout the week. For more information, contact the parish office on (02) 9623 1962 or email   


Other Notices   

NATSICC Indigenous Voice Website – One Journey Together  

NATSICC and Caritas Australia have launched – a website that empowers Catholics to make an informed decision at the 2023 Indigenous Voice to Parliament Referendum. The site contains a collation of statements of Catholic Organisations, resources to assist in discernment and the voices of First Australians and our Catholic Leaders.  

Are you interested in bringing the Gospel message to prisoners and their families? 

Kairos Prison Ministry is hosting an information session on Saturday 16th September at 2.30pm–4.30pm at Blacktown Uniting Church, 59 Bungarribee Road, Blacktown. 

Come and hear how you can join other Christians in dramatically changing lives.  

RSVP to or phone Yvonne on 0419 284 128. 

New Adoration Chapel (24/7) at Holy Name of Mary Parish, Rydalmere 

Holy Name of Mary Parish has a new Adoration Chapel that is open to the public 24/7 located at 4 Myrtle Street, Rydalmere.  Fr. Chadi welcomes everyone to the Chapel. For after-hours access please contact the Parish Office or Blake on 9684 1541 or 

 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Mass (Wednesday Nights) 

Holy Name of Mary Parish invites you to join us for our Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 6pm every Wednesday. During Adoration, Fr. Chadi is available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 6-6:45pm. Holy Mass is then celebrated at 7pm.  

 Celebrate St. Monica’s Spring Fair on Sept 16 at 32 Francis Street, Richmond.  

 Enjoy a delightful day with kids and family, featuring an array of entertaining activities. Indulge in exciting games, delicious treats, captivating performances, and more! Mark your calendars for this joyous community event that promises laughter and memories for all. See you there! 

Baptism For Primary Children program  

Our Lady of the Way, Emu Plains is offering a Baptism program for primary school children in term 4 this year. Children will attend a blessing Mass and be baptised in their home parish but complete a 4 week preparation program at OLOW. If your parish is interested in participating in this program, please contact OLOW on 47351041 or 

For more events please go to:

Please note, some of these notices have been provided to the Diocese of Parramatta, with the request they be made available to parishes and parishioners. The Diocese of Parramatta makes these notices available for information purposes only and does not expressly endorse any of this material, unless otherwise specified. The Diocese of Parramatta cannot be held responsible for any inaccurate or defamatory content.

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